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USS TUSCALOOSA (CA 37)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Juliet - Foxtrot

CLASS - NEW ORLEANS
Displacement 9,975 Tons, Dimensions, 588' 0" (oa) x 61' 9" x 22' 6" (Max)
Armament 9 x 8"/55, 8 x 5"/25, 8 x 0.5" 4 Aircraft.
Armor, 5" Belt, 8" Turrets, 2 1/4" Deck, 5" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 107,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 32.0 Knots, Crew 800.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 03 SEP 1931 by the New York Shipbuilding Co, Camden, NJ
Launched 13 NOV 1933
Commissioned 17 AUG 1934
Decommissioned 13 FEB 1946
Stricken 01 MAR 1959
Fate: Sold for scrap to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD 25 JUN 1959

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Tuscaloosa
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413k

USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37) at sea on 23 August 1935.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-414458.

Ron Titus
Tuscaloosa 69k Undated, Pre War Image. Jesse P. Mannix
Tuscaloosa
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84k Undated, Pre War Image. Starboard Bow view, in transit through the Panama Canal. Robert M. Cieri
Tuscaloosa 43k Undated, Pre War Image. Starboard Bow view, in transit through the Panama Canal. M/Sgt. M.L. McCormick, USAF (Ret.)
Tuscaloosa
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144k

Starboard side view, date and location unknown.

Geroge Winstead photo.

Robert M. Cieri
Tuscaloosa
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112k

Aerial port quarter view while at anchor, date and location unknown.

U.S. Navy photo.

David Buell
Tuscaloosa 88k

USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37) Steaming at high speed, probably during trials in 1934.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives - 19-N-14733.

National Archives
Chicago 652k The USS San Francisco (CA 38) is forward of the USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37) on the left and the USS Hoston (CA-30) is forward of the USS Chicago (CA 29) at Mare Island Navy Yard between Nov 3rd and 5th in 1936. U.S. Navy Photo. Darryl Baker
Tuscaloosa
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133k

Norfolk, VA. December 1940 - Adm. William D. Leahy (fore, L) and his wife standing under big guns of the Tuscaloosa with Capt. Lee P. Johnson (fore, R) prior to their departure for France.

Photo courtesy of Look magazine

Bill Gonyo
Tuscaloosa 95k

USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37) Steams through heavy seas while en route to the Bahamas with President Franklin D. Roosevelt embarked, probably in December 1940. Photographed from the bridge, with her forward eight-inch gun turrets in the foreground.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 50850

USNHC
Tuscaloosa 83k

Convoy to Iceland, September 1941 - USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37) hoists in a Curtiss SOC scout-observation plane after a patrol. View looks aft on the cruiser's starboard side, with midships' 5"/25 guns in the foreground. Another SOC is resting on the starboard catapult.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 47007

USNHC
Tuscaloosa 87k Early war (March 1942) shown here as she appeared while operating with the British "Home Fleet". Note the Unique camouflage pattern. USNI
Tuscaloosa 78k

USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37) Moored in Scapa Flow, April 1942, while she was operating with the British Home Fleet. The British heavy cruiser London is in the background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-12018

National Archives
Tuscaloosa 63k

USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37) Underway on 7 October 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center - NH 97938

USNHC
Tuscaloosa 68k

North African Invasion, November 1942 - USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37) fires her eight-inch main battery at French forces, during action off Casablanca, Morocco, circa 8 November 1942. Collection of Commodore Norman C. Gillette, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 96030

USNHC
Tuscaloosa 70k

USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37) Off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 10 November 1944. She is wearing camouflage Measure 32, Design 13d.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center - NH 97939

USNHC
Tuscaloosa 105k

Iwo Jima Invasion, February 1945 - USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37) signals with a blinker lamp, during a rainy dusk off Iwo Jima, 16 February 1945. Photographed from USS Texas (BB 35).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives - 80-G-309132.

National Archives/Scott Dyben
Tuscaloosa 63k LCIM 1012 coming along side the USS Tuscaloosa during the conquest of the Japanese island of Okinawa during April and May 1945. This pictures was taken by Dave Conrad Lt jg. Phil Dampf

Tuscaloosa
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Tuscaloosa
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266k

(comments of D. Buell) This photo is of USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37). You can almost make out the number 37 on her bow with a good magnifying glass. Since she was painted up in the same camouflage paint - Measure 12-the Pandemus' ship's photographer, who may have not had ship recognition training, probably took a quick shot and assumed that it was Indianapolis, since it was taken same area, different day. At any rate, this is also a good find, as photos of Tuscaloosa in the Pacific are relatively rare, since she spent most of World War II in the Atlantic, and did not join the Pacific fleet until the final push on Japan, joining the 3rd fleet in January 1945. Most photography of CA 37 was taken in the Atlantic.

Since the number on her bow was not too distinct, I also spent some time to ID this photo, since all of the surviving
New Orleans class of cruisers were in the Pacific at this time and all wore the same paint scheme as Tuscaloosa
at the same time also. I am confident that definite ID was made as Tuscaloosa by two items:

1) She does not have any 20mm guns on her bow. The three other surviving sisters all had at least one 20mm mount and tub at this time on their bows, but Tuscaloosa alone never had 20mm bow mounts all during the war.

2) Tuscaloosa's after (main) mast has no large radar platform on it. At the time of the photo, each
of her three surviving sisters had a platform either with or without radar mounted on them. She alone had no platform on the mainmast at this time. The Navsource photos of CA 37 from 1945 helped me to confirm this item.

U.S. Navy photo from the Collection of David Buell.

David Buell
Tuscaloosa
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200k Pictures from Tuscaloosa County Veterans Memorial in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Gun and Mast are from the USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37). Tommy Browning
Tuscaloosa
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160k Pictures from Tuscaloosa County Veterans Memorial in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Gun and Mast are from the USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37). Tommy Browning
Tuscaloosa
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166k Pictures from Tuscaloosa County Veterans Memorial in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Gun and Mast are from the USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37). Tommy Browning
Tuscaloosa
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291k Pictures from Tuscaloosa County Veterans Memorial in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Gun and Mast are from the USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37). Tommy Browning
Tuscaloosa
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95k Pictures from Tuscaloosa County Veterans Memorial in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Gun and Mast are from the USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37). Tommy Browning
Tuscaloosa
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183k Pictures from Tuscaloosa County Veterans Memorial in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Gun and Mast are from the USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37). Tommy Browning

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Ferguson, John N., CAPT   08/17/1934 - 01/05/1936
McElduff, Dan A., CDR   01/05/1936 - 02/04/1936
Mayfield, Irving Hall, CAPT   02/04/1936 - 08/05/1937
Jacobs, Randall, CAPT RADM 08/05/1937 - 07/07/1938
Badt, Harry A., CAPT   07/07/1938 - 12/08/1939
Redman, Joseph R., CDR RADM 12/08/1939 - 05/27/1940
Johnson, Lee Payne, CAPT   05/27/1940 - 12/02/1942
Gillette, Norman Campbell, CAPT   02/12/1942 - 04/21/1943
Waller, John Beresford Wynn, CAPT RADM 04/21/1943 - 10/09/1944
Atkins, James George, CAPT RADM 10/09/1944 - 11/27/1945
Connolly, Joseph Anthony, CAPT   11/27/1945 - 03/02/1946
O'Connor, L. B., CDR   03/02/1946 - 07/09/1946

(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)


USS TUSCALOOSA (CA 37) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. John Sheeran
Address: 220 10th Ave Council Bluffs, IA, 51503-6851
Phone: 712-322-1127
E-mail: None


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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